Author: Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.
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Wednesday Writs for 3/20

In this week’s roundup of law and legal related links, the Legacy of Batson, planking for RBG, court-ordered weather control, Elon Musk’s tweet trouble, and more.

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The Laundromat: A Study In Human Despair

I hear tell of laundromats designed to take the misery out of the experience, with pool tables, food, even a bar. But in Small Town, Nowhere USA, you get stale cheese crackers and the spectacle of human misery for entertainment.

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Wednesday Writs for 3/13

This week’s roundup of legal links includes the legacy of Betamax, heat seeking drones, twin DNA, Manafort updates, Adnan Syed, R. Kelly’s meltdown and more.

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Someone is Lying on the Internet

This video checks all the boxes for your garden variety tin-foil hat Q Anon tweet, including the main characteristic of a Q Anon offering: It is not real.

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Girl Scouts, Drugs, and Cookie Money

If the feds can confiscate “drug money” which ostensibly then goes into public coffers (and is quite often used on a local level to purchase equipment for law enforcement), why shouldn’t it go to a worthy program like the Girl Scouts?

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Wednesday Writs for 3/6

This week’s round up of links from the legal world includes SCOTUS weighing in on the Sixth Amendment with guest villain Clarence Thomas, biker trademarks, dumb but ambitious criminals, and SNL.

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Wednesday Writs for 2/27

This week’s legal and law related links includes the return of the Notorious RBG, citizenship, butterflies vs. the border wall, nipple freedom, rude lawyers, ruder clients, and more.

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Lawsuit in Muthana Case Raises New Issues

A new lawsuit filed by the father of Hoda Muthana throws shade over assumptions about her citizenship- and the narrative that the decision forbidding her return is a Trumpian overreach.

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How Do You Solve A Problem Like Muthana?

Some -myself included- are content to let Muthana lie in the bed she made and rest easier with one less person like her on our soil. Others -myself included- begrudgingly look to the law for a determination of the propriety of her return, and find much more gray area than one would hope.

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SCOTUS Takes a Bite Out of Civil Forfeiture

Critics of civil forfeiture are cheering a new, unanimous Supreme Court decision which strikes a significant blow to the practice. The use of forfeiture actions, in which states file suit to confiscate the property of those accused of crimes, has been under fire by people of all political stripes, who see it as an extreme and unfair overreach of power.

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Wednesday Writs for 2/20

Your weekly roundup of the most interesting law and legal related links from around the web. This week, we have teacher strikes, the pledge of allegiance, spying county sheriffs, a little bit of nepotism, and Dropkick Murphys.

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Wednesday Writs for 2/13

Your weekly roundup of legal news, this week featuring suicidal chickens, bug infested lawyers, NYPD vs. Google, teacher strikes, dumb criminals and more.

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Ivanka Trump, Everywoman

According to the artist Jennifer Rubell and Cultural DC website, it’s a commentary on the many roles Ivanka plays and how we the public contribute to those roles. According to conservatives on Twitter, it is a derogatory piece meant to poke fun at Ivanka and laugh as we throw trash at her.

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Wednesday Writs for 2/6

It’s your weekly roundup of the best law related links from around the web. In recognition of Black History Month, this week’s edition delves into the injustices of the Scottsboro Boys case.

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The Miracle Pot Pulled Pork Project

Believe it or not, you can make some amazing pulled pork in this thing. It’s not the same as bbq cooked for hours in a smoker, but it’s still pretty fantastic.

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Thank You, Mr. Roboto: How My Son Found His “Thing”

In robotics, my son had found his “thing”, an organized activity which he enjoys and in which he excels. The only unsolicited information I get about his days at school is when he updates me on the progress of his team’s robot. On the team there are coders, builders, and drivers. “I’m a coder,” he likes to remind me.

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Wednesday Writs for 1/30

The weekly roundup of law and legal related links from around the web. This week features birthright citizenship, dangerous scooters, the notorious NFC no-call and the many crimes of caped crusader.

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Up the Creek

The show could resort to the expected obvious jokes when these characters meet the salt of the earth townsfolk of Schitt’s creek. But the surprise here is how the show manages to only skirt the cheap gags and predictable slapstick and reveals some heart beneath the trite veneer.

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Unalienable, Except for Those People

Last week, the 9th Circuit upheld a federal law prohibiting an undocumented immigrant to possess a firearm. The ruling in U.S. v. Torres went largely unnoticed among the politicos usually vocal about laws which restrict the right to bear arms